We Remember: 9/11 Ten Years Later

In Family on September 11, 2011 at 12:01 AM

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  Those were no longer the words reserved for Charles Dickens’ most famous A Tale of Two Cities.  These were words that now began the journal of our first pregnancy.

We were home the morning of 9/11 because we had a doctor’s appointment.  We turned on the “Today” show only moments after the first tower was hit.  At the time, the news anchors were still trying to determine what exactly flew into the building and had assumed it was a private plane that lost its way on such a bright, clear and sunny day.  Analysis of confusion and speculations of causes continued to swirl as images of the first tower in smoke skimmed across the screen.  Although no one understood what happened, alarm had yet to ensue.  And, then, with the cameras still showing the smolder of the first building, a small black image came from the right of our screen and the screen went blank for a moment.  A second plane had hit.  It appeared that New York City was being attacked.

With only questions as to what was going on, we headed out to our appointment.  Driving to the office, we listened to the car radio so we could hear updates regarding New York City.  Just before we got out of the car, we were informed that a plane just crashed into the Pentagon.  This wasn’t limited to just New York.  More so, how is it that the Pentagon, the home of our country’s defense, had been attacked?  Is our country under attack?  Is this the beginning of a world war?

Alarm has now ensued.

Although the doctor’s office operated as usual and they ran the appointments of the day, including ours, we all tried our best not to reveal the worry in our hearts.  Here we are at the side of an ultrasound machine finding out that the beginning of life has developed in Kenya’s womb.  In parallel, the end of life has begun to transform for almost 3,000 people who would become victims to the worst terrorism the United States has ever seen.

Our appointment confirmed that we were pregnant with our first baby due in April.  Joy filled our hearts.  We were indeed excited.  However, with the events of the day unfolding, we were also very concerned.  Would April 2002 even come for us?  For our baby?  We discovered that the fourth plane had later crashed outside of Pittsburgh and we were still unsure of what was happening in our nation.  At the time, we lived in Cincinnati and that also worried us because Cincinnati was the home for GE aircraft engines.  Because the attacks involved commercial planes and no one could confirm why or how the attacks were occurring, it was very feasible that Cincinnati could be next.  After all, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was located merely one state over.  How could we bring a baby into a world at war?  What would become of our family?

We remember this day very well and carry sorrow-filled hearts for the victims and their families.  Like many who remember this day ten years later, we remember this day like it was yesterday.  We remember where we were and the emotions that we felt.  With all of the sadness and worry, however, one memory stands even stronger.  That is, the strength, union and resiliency of our country.  For on this day and the days that followed, the people of our country came together without regard to race, color, class, religion, gender, or the like.  People stood by each other comforting, consoling, helping, and empathizing.  It didn’t matter where you prayed, how you prayed or if you prayed.  On that day, we all prayed together in whatever way and to whomever we knew how.  Although the name Osama Bin Laden had been thrown into the media reports and we would learn more about his terrorist regime for years to come, the anti-Muslim revolt had yet to rise.  We were simply One Nation.  Under God.  With Liberty.  And Justice for All.

………. That’s What’s Up.


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